Deep Dive: Franklin fund manager loads up on banks as profits rise

Dividend stocks are hot this year, as investors chase both yield and safety.

So we’re continuing our series of interviews with mutual fund managers who have differing opinions about investing in a low-yield environment with stocks near record highs.

Here are three recent stories before we get to Matt Quinlan, an analyst at Franklin Templeton and lead manager of the $2.2 billion Franklin Equity Income Fund FISEX, -0.09%

  • Mariann Montagne, senior investment analyst and portfolio manager for Gradient Investments, said Aug. 11 that it’s time for investors to become more selective about stocks being purchased for income.
  • Eric Schoenstein co-manager of the Jensen Quality Growth Fund JENSX, +0.05% which has an excellent performance track record, said Aug.

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